MINUTEMAN III MIS­SILE TESTED WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

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A team of Air Force Global Strike Com­mand Air­men from the 90th Mis­sile Wing at F.E. War­ren Air Force Base, Wy­oming, launched an un­armed Minuteman III in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile equipped with a sin­gle test reen­try ve­hi­cle on Au­gust 2 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Cal­i­for­nia. While this was not a re­sponse to re­cent North Korean ac­tions, the test demon­strates that the US’ nu­clear en­ter­prise is safe, se­cure, ef­fec­tive and ready to be able to de­ter, de­tect and de­fend against at­tacks on the US and its al­lies. The

ICBM’s reen­try ve­hi­cle, which con­tained a teleme­try pack­age used for op­er­a­tional test­ing, trav­eled ap­prox­i­mately 4,200 miles (6720km) to the Kwa­jalein Atoll in the Marshall Is­lands. These test launches ver­ify the ac­cu­racy and re­li­a­bil­ity of the ICBM weapon sys­tem, pro­vid­ing valu­able data to en­sure a con­tin­ued safe, se­cure and ef­fec­tive nu­clear de­ter­rent.

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